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i have no money to hire any lawer the we finnish project and didnt file a prelien we are due 40000 from general contractor who did not pay final we need help to get our funds due
I am very sorry to hear that. Without a little more information as to what happened here, it might be hard to give a very thorough answer - so feel free to come back and post your question at the Construction Legal Center! Anyway, even when a preliminary notice was not sent as required, there may be some options for recovery. For one, a Notice of Intent to Lien may be sent in California - even where the right to lien might not be present. A Notice of Intent to Lien acts as a warning, and it states that if payment isn't made soon, then a lien will be filed. Considering the drastic effects a mechanics lien can have on a property, the threat of lien is often effective regardless of whether a lien claim can be filed. You can learn more about it here: What Is a Notice of Intent to Lien and Should You Send One? Another option may be to send a demand letter. A letter demanding payment that sets out specific legal threats if payment is not made (such as a breach of contract claim, an unjust enrichment claim, or a threat of prompt payment claim) can often help. Sending such a letter via an attorney will typically be more effective - and hiring an attorney simply to send a demand letter could be a lot cheaper, too. Finally, many attorneys will provide an initial consultation either free or at a reduced rate - by consulting with an attorney you could get a little more insight about your potential rights since they'll be able to review any documentation, communications, or other information regarding your specific situation. Plus, there's always a chance they'd represent you at a discounted basis or on contingency (meaning, little or no money up front, but the attorney would receive a percentage of any award you receive).